College of Veterinary Medicine

2018 Western Regional Iverson Bell Summit

2018 Western Regional Iverson Bell Summit


February 23-25, 2018

We are excited to announce the upcoming 2018 Western Regional Iverson Bell Summit.

Creating Brave Spaces: How do we engage in difficult dialogue in order to advance a diverse and inclusive veterinary profession? 

Iverson Bell Summit Registration

As the veterinary profession continues to advance its efforts to promote diversity and inclusivity, more attention is being paid to factors such as campus climate and engagement. The current political climate in the United States highlights the need for more engagement in what can often be difficult and uncomfortable yet incredibly important dialogues. It can be uncomfortable to discuss issues related to discrimination, inequity, and privilege.  Yet it is often in times of discomfort when the most significant learning occurs.  The goal of this year’s summit is to learn how to move beyond “safe spaces” and create “brave spaces” which will allow us to engage in difficult dialogues authentically and respectfully with others who hold different perspectives. 

Summit Schedule

Dr. Eleanor Green, Dean of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences will deliver the Keynote Address.

Please click here for the agenda: IB Summit Agenda

Summit Speaker

Eleanor M. Green, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP

Eleanor M. Green, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP
Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Eleanor M. Green holds the Carl B. King deanship of the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP).

She received a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Animal Science from the University of Florida and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Auburn University. She established a veterinary practice in Mississippi as partner/owner. She became a founding faculty member of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University.

Her academic appointments have included: equine faculty member at Middlebush Equine Center at the University of Missouri; head of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences and director of the large animal hospital at the University of Tennessee; chair of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences and the Chief of Staff of the large animal hospital at the University of Florida.

She previously served as president of four national organizations: the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP), the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians (AAVC) and, most recently, the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC).

Her awards include: 2004 Award of Distinction from the University of Florida College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 2011 Wilford S. Bailey Distinguished Alumni Award from Auburn University, 2012 Women‘s Progress Award for Administration, induction into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 2013, and 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award for Administration at Texas A&M University.

Dr. Green has a special interest in the future of veterinary medicine and the innovations that will help ensure a thriving profession.

Monae Roberts

Facilitator: Monae Roberts
Assistant Director, LGBTQIA+ Resource Center, University Of California, Davis

Monae Roberts is an East Coast Native from Brooklyn, NY who moved out to California in 2016. She identifies as BlaQ and Deliberate in every way, with a passion for authentic connection, and disrupting respectability politics. Monae attributes most of her foundational understanding of social justice to her time spent working and taking courses at Temple University where she earned her M.A. in African-American Studies. Her goal is to promote critical consciousness amongst students, faculty and staff, in order to dismantle the root of all oppressions. The foundation for all that she does is rooted in the African principle of Ubuntu- I am because we are. She is for the healing and liberation of all people, which she believes must come through the elevation of the most oppressed people. Her socio-political interests include: African Diasporic relations, critical consciousness for liberation, authenticity, intersectionality, identity development, queer issues, advocacy and allyship.


We invite you to share your ideas, your work, and your stories.

Abstracts are limited to 500 words but are not limited to scholarly work. Personal stories and creativity are encouraged.

We invite attendees to submit an abstract for one or more of the following formats:

  • 15, 30, or 45 minute presentations.
  • Poster

Abstracts should be submitted to skovacs@westernu.edu by January 15, 2018.

Abstracts should include your name(s), institution, status (student or non-student), and preferred format (presentation or poster).

How to Register:

Registration is now open at https://2018westernregionaliversonbellsummit.eventbrite.com/


February 23-25, 2018


Doubletree by Hilton
222 N. Vineyard Avenue
Ontario, CA 91764

  • $100 for non-students.
  • $25 for students.


Only credit card payments will be accepted through https://2018westernregionaliversonbellsummit.eventbrite.com/

Cancellation Policy:

  • There are no refunds for this event if canceled.

Contact Info

If you have any questions please contact Suzie Kovacs at skovacs@westernu.edu, (909) 469-5276 or Kimberly Jones at jonesk@westernu.edu, (909) 469-8328.